We learn about the child and only then do we discover how best to teach that child to learn…and fly

Headmistress Mrs Edwards

Headmistress's Welcome

Welcome to Orchard House

To help a child achieve their personal best, we must engage their attention and stimulate their imagination. The combination of highly motivated teachers, small classes and our exciting and diverse curriculum nurtures each child’s individual academic and creative talents with a sense of fun and purpose.

Sport encourages a respectful, competitive attitude, teaching children the value of camaraderie. Similarly, music and drama can create increased levels of confidence and self-esteem.

We foster a sense of adventure and all activities take place within an atmosphere of warmth and openness, encouraging pupils in independent thought. Our Pupil Pastoral Plan monitors the well-being of each child and was recently shortlisted for a national award.

The Independent Schools Inspectorate awarded Orchard House the highest accolades of ‘excellent’ in all areas and ‘exceptional’ in achievements and learning. These are mirrored in our first-class academic results. We warmly invite you to visit us at Orchard House School. 

To obtain a prospectus, have a chat or arrange a visit, please do telephone the school office on 020 8742 8544 or contact the school by email at info@orchardhs.org.uk.

Mrs Maria Edwards

Read our ISI report


Orchard House tea

And every day, everywhere, our children spread their dreams beneath our feet. And we should tread softly

Sir Ken Robinson

Ethos in Action

Close relationships nurture individuality

Orchard House teacher and pupil reading together

Orchard House School was formerly a family home and retains a happy, welcoming atmosphere, starting at the front door where the headmistress or a senior staff member greets each child by name every morning.

Currently we have approximately 300 pupils and 47 teaching staff, allowing each child a great deal of individual attention. It is very rare there are more than 20 pupils in any class, and in the early years there are three teaching adults in attendance. Small group and 1:1 sessions are commonplace.

Teachers take lunch with the children and our extensive extra-curricular activities allow teachers and pupils to interact in a more informal atmosphere.

Our school is a place where every child feels valued and gains the confidence to fly.

Orchard House teaching

Teachers who love teaching teach children to love learning

Robert John Meehan

Our Staff

Meet our teachers

All teachers at Orchard House School share one firm belief: nurturing individuality is the most empathetic and effective way of teaching children to fly.

To ensure personal attention, the ratio of staff to pupils is high. Without exception our teachers are highly qualified and ably supported by our carefully chosen team of teaching assistants.

We have an extensive range of specialist teachers covering maths, English, science, computing, French, music, physical education, art/design technology, eurhythmics, Latin and dance.

Other highly-trained staff are available to identify and support children who may display specific learning needs. If appropriate, specialist staff such as speech therapists are also available to work with pupils.

We remain focused on giving every pupil the best chance of fulfilling their ability.

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The history of Orchard House School

Orchard House’s sister school, Bassett House School in North Kensington, was founded in 1947 by Sylvia Rentoul, with just 6 pupils.

In those days there was a more regimented approach to education and the prevailing belief that ‘children should be seen but not heard’. Sylvia Rentoul passionately believed children should be encouraged to express themselves, and teaching should be both supportive and challenging, but above all, must take into account the individual needs of each child.

Sylvia’s sons set up Orchard House School on its Newton Grove site in 1993 and expanded the school in 2010 by purpose re-building 2 Rupert Road to house the early years. One of Sylvia’s grandchildren is currently a school governor, and Sylvia’s visionary philosophy not only endures but flourishes at Orchard House School to this day.

Ours is an intimate and happy school and has approximately 300 children across eight year groups.

Prospect House School in Putney completes the school family.  Collectively the 3 schools form the House Schools Group, each school sharing a common ethos but retaining its own unique personality.

Orchard House playground


Our school premises

Orchard House School nestles in the heart of Bedford Park in Chiswick. The senior school house is in Newton Grove, whilst the younger children are housed just around the corner in our Rupert Road premises. Both buildings were formerly large family residences designed by Norman Shaw in the late 19th century, and each retains a warm family atmosphere.

Our two sites have excellent outdoor play areas. They are equipped with their own kitchens serving fresh food, as well as dedicated science and art rooms, and light airy classrooms.

Orchard House is very much part of the community and we make full use of wonderful local facilities.

These include Chiswick Back Common with its first-rate astro pitches at Rocks Lane, the Acton Leisure Centre, the Janet Adegoke Swimming Pool, the University of Westminster Sports Ground’s netball and tennis courts and the Brentford Fountain & Leisure Centre.

We also have excellent drama facilities nearby, and when necessary pupils travel to venues and events in our own Orchard House bus.

• A five minute walk from Turnham Green tube station

• The nearest overground station is South Acton

• Served by many local bus routes

Member of IAPS

Orchard House School is a member of the Independent Association of Prep Schools (IAPS) which is a constituent body of the Independent Schools Council (ISC). The school is rigorously inspected by the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI).

IAPS Excellence in education

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None of us is as smart as all of us

Ken Blanchard

About House Schools Group

Why three schools can be better than one

Orchard House School, Prospect House School and Bassett House School form a family of schools called House Schools Group (HSG).

Drawing on our extensive experience (Bassett House was founded in 1947 and Orchard House in 1993) all three schools collaborate closely, sparking off new ideas to promote ever more successful teaching practices.

Collaboration is particularly strong in computing where our IT director works closely across the group developing the use of iPads, using creative and management apps.

HSG’s experienced board of governors undertake many administrative tasks, freeing all the heads and teachers to spend more time doing what they do best: teaching children to fly.

Whilst sharing a common ethos, each school retains its own unique character, largely created by the headmistress and the teaching team. We invite you to come and get to know Orchard House School better, and experience its ethos in action.

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